MMFF 2013 official entries announced: No ER Ejercito and SRR!


MMFF 2013 official entries have been announced today and I'm sure some of you would be happy to know that no more "Enteng Kabisote", "Agimat", "Panday", "Tanging Ina", "SRR" on this year's MMFF.

The 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF 2013) will have once again 8 official entries, which star the likes of Richard Yap, Jodi Sta. Maria, Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Toni Gonzaga, Robin Padilla, Piolo Pascual, Eugene Domingo, Maricel Soriano, Vice Ganda and of course the reigning MMFF Kings Vic Sotto and Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., and MMFF Queen Kris Aquino.

It's now the 12th consecutive year that a movie a starring Vic Sotto will be part of MMFF, while it's the 5th consecutive time for Sen. Bong and the 4th consecutive for Kris Aquino.

For the first time after 8 years, there will be no Shake, Rattle & Roll (SRR) film on this year's MMFF. Regal Films' entry instead this 2013 is another horror film "Pagpag", which stars KathNiel and a co-production with Star Cinema and Skylight Films.

Surprisingly, the movie of Laguna Gov. Jeorge Estregan Jr aka ER Ejercito entitled "Boy Golden" which was submitted for consideration is not among the 8 official entries. And worse, it wasn't even shortlisted as ranked 9th or 10th.

This could be the reason why. For the past 2 MMFFs, Gov. ER was part of the festival via "Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story" in 2011 and "El Presidente" in 2012. And in those 2 years, the Governor was always "disappointed" over the MMFF Awards (losing back-to-back the Best Actor award to Dingdong Dantes, and his movie "El Presidente" not winning Best Picture and the FPJ Memorial Award).

Looks like this year's MMFF, which will run from December 25, 2013 to January 7, 2014, won't be having a hard time beating last year's MMFF record of P747-million total grosses, that despite having no more tried-and-tested sequels or movie series. I just wish no more "basura" films this time.

39TH METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL (MMFF 2013) OFFICIAL ENTRIES:

10,000 HOURS (Action/Drama under Fearless Entertainment)
Starring: Robin Padilla, Bela Padilla, Alden Richards and Michael De Mesa
Directed by: Joyce Bernal

BE CAREFUL WITH MY HEART, THE MOVIE(Romance/Comedy under ABS-CBN Film Productions/Star Cinema)
Starring: Richard Yap, Jodi Sta. Maria, Aiza Seguerra, Mutya Orquia, Janella Salvador, Jerome Ponce, Sylvia Sanchez, Divina Valencia and Gloria Sevilla
Directed by: Jeffrey Jeturian

BOY GIRL BAKLA TOMBOY (Comedy under ABS-CBN Film Productions/Star Cinema and VIVA Films)
Starring: Vice Ganda, Maricel Soriano, Gabby Concepcion, DJ Durano
Directed by: Wenn Deramas

KIMMY DORA: THE PREQUEL KIYEME (Comedy under ABS-CBN Film Productions/Star Cinema and Spring Films)
Starring: Eugene Domingo, Piolo Pascual, Ariel Ureta, Kiray Celis and Dawn Zulueta
Directed by: Chris Martinez

MY SUPER KAP (Action/Fantasy/Comedy under Imus Productions)
Starring: Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr, Ogie Alcasid, Toni Gonzaga, Paulo Avelino, Alden Richards, Bea Binene
Directed by: Dondon Santos

PAGPAG (Horror under ABS-CBN Film Productions/Star Cinema, Skylight and Regal Films)
Starring: Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Dominic Roque, Michelle Vito, CJ Navato
Directed by: Frasco Mortiz

SAN PEDRO CALUNGSOD, BATANG MARTIR (Religious / Historical Drama)
Starring: JM de Guzman, Christian Vasquez, TJ Trinidad, Ryan Eigenmann, Robert Correa
Directed by: Francis Villacorta

TORKY AND MY LITTLE BOSSING (Comedy under OctoArts, M-Zet, APT and Kris Aquino Productions)
Starring: Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, James "Bimby" Yap, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola
Directed by: Joyce Bernal

POLL: Which movie or movies are you gonna watch in the MMFF 2013?



Hope my poll for MMFF 2013 will predict once again the box-office ranking of the official entries. (Same kind of poll for MMFF 2012 official entries conducted on this blog was able to predict correctly the ranking of the movies in terms of their box office performance, except though for "The Strangers" and "SRR IV" which were ranked 4th and 5th in the poll, but it turned out to be the other way around.)

SHORTLISTED FOR 9TH AND 10TH SLOTS (just in case one of the 8 official entries pulls out or withdraws from the festival):

9th: KULAY ABO ANG LANGIT (under Hubo Productions)
Starring: Diether Ocampo, Carla Abellana, Matteo Guidicelli and Cherie Gil.

10th: EVERYBODY LOVES (Romance under ! GUNG HO Films Manila)
Starring: Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador, Jake Cuenca, Megan Young
Directed by: Cholo Laurel


REJECTED FILMS:

BOY GOLDEN (Action under VIVA Films and Scenema Concept)
Starring: ER Ejercito and KC Concepcion

HOPE IN A BOTTLE (Drama under Quantum Films)
Starring: Ruffa Gutierrez, Maja Salvador, Angeline Quinto

IBONG ADARNA (Drana under Guion Entertainment)
Starring: Rocco Nacino, Joel Torre, Angel Aquino, Leo Martinez, Ronnie Lazaro

KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD (Romance/Musical under Melcor Enterprises)
Starring: Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman

SA NGALAN NG AMA, INA AT MGA ANAK (KURATONG BALELENG) (Action under Liwanag ng Kapayapaan Foundation Philippines)
Starring: Robin Padilla, Mariel Rodriguez, Daniel Padilla, Kylie Padilla, Queenie Padilla, Rommel Padilla, Royette Padilla
Directed by: Robin Padilla

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